Mitsubishi Reveals CABLED EV Study Results

Mitsubishi has made public the results of the CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstartors) vehicle study that targeted the electric vehicle usage for 12 months in Coventry area and Birmingham. The study revealed that most trips undertaken lasted less than 20 minutes (77%) and only 2% used more than 50% of the battery making possible a return journey to be made without recharging in most of the cases.

The study also showed a trend towards drivers travelling longer journey over time, indicating an increased confidence and reduced range anxiety. The CABLED study collected data from 25 Mitsubishi i-Miev and 20 Smart Fortwo electric drives.

“These findings form part of the largest study of low carbon vehicle use ever compiled and, while our study is on-going, it’s already clear that EVs offer a viable, practical urban transport solution,” stated Project Leader Neil Butcher from co-ordinating CABLED partner Arup.
“We must now consider how our homes, offices and public spaces will need to evolve in order to cater to both users’ needs and the rapidly developing technologies powering these vehicles,” he addded.

The test also revealed that charging points provided as part of the program were less necessary than originally thought, as the user tend to gain confidence in the range capability of the vehicle. Also, the trial has shown that carbon vehicles are as capable as conventional diesel or petrol engines, while having lower emissions.
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